Purcellville Promotes Solar Power Alternatives

A partnership between the Town of Purcellville, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Local Energy Alliance Program has resulted in the launch of the “Solarize Purcellville” program.

The program will offer discounted pricing on solar panels from June 1 to July 31.

Momentum for solar power is growing across Virginia and the move to apply for the energy assessments has the support of Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser. “I encourage every Purcellville household to apply for the commitment-free energy assessment to determine how solar energy can add value and savings to their home,” Fraser said in a statement. “This program enables our citizens to support the advancement of green energy efforts locally and statewide.”

Solarize Purcellville seeks to build on successful programs that have been established in other Northern Virginia communities. Residents can receive free solar site assessments and access bulk purchasing discounts. The resources at LEAP will help streamline the process and provide all the information necessary for residents in considering the value of adding solar panels to their property.

The program also provides a 30 percent federal tax credit, which has been extended through 2019. With growing support for solar energy, area installers are able to offer lower prices to Solarize participants through bulk purchasing and reduced travel as well as helping offset marketing costs. LEAP will help participants gain the 30 percent federal tax credit and assist them in navigating the Solar Renewable Energy Credit market.

According to the NVRC, recent studies show that solarized homes are appraised with a premium of 3 to 6 percent based on the region, affording a price boost of between $10,000 and $22,000. Solar customers regularly see 8 percent or better return on their investments.

For more information on the program and reduced rate financing options, go to solarizepurcellville.org.